Monument unveiled at Duluth 9/11 memorial

DULUTH, Ga.,None — Duluth city leaders unveiled a new monument Sunday in honor of military personnel and emergency responders who risk their lives every day to keep others safe.

The monument is described as a Living Honorarium and city leaders placed a wreath in front of it Sunday evening in memory of the thousands who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

For residents like Gail Robinson, the monument is a way to pay tribute to those currently serving but also remember that tragic day.

"Make it where this is not forgotten but we move forward and remember. Go from a positive standpoint from a terrible situation," Robinson said.

Robinson said she remembers 10 years ago when a family friend heard from his son for the last time.

"His son was in one of the towers. He (said) he had gotten a call and his son called and he just wanted to say goodbye to his dad," Robinson told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri.

The statue shows first responders and service men and women supporting the weight of the monument on their shoulders.

George Jordan is a World War II veteran. He said the heartache of September 11th stayed with him, much like another American tragedy through which he lived.

"You still feel it. It's like Pearl Harbor. You will always remember Pearl Harbor," he said.

Luis Restrepo's brother is a police officer. He came out with his two children to see the monument unveiled and reflect on the anniversary of the attacks.

"It's hard to believe. Seems like just yesterday. You always remember that moment. It's something that will never be forgotten. It's something we should never forget," Restrepo said.